Winter is here, and it came with a bang.
Last month we faced record sub-zero temperatures and more than 12 inches of snow, which is an unusual weather combination, even for Albany, and yet we persevered. When the snowfall ended, we had to face the negative windchill to shovel our sidewalks. So many of us helped seniors and disabled neighbors shovel out and it was great to see these acts of kindness.
I want to thank our city’s DGS workers for braving the elements to make sure our city’s streets were plowed and for removing snow from city sidewalks. And Albany’s first responders assisted with this effort to assure that our roads are safe.
An update from City Hall:
I will introduce legislation which will require the City of Albany to place visual markers 15 feet on either side of the city’s fire hydrants to properly designate “no parking” areas. This new legislation, if passed, will eliminate the uncertainty for drivers and more importantly ensure that our firefighters and first responders have sufficient access to the hydrants. This legislation is co-sponsored by my colleague 6th Ward Councilman Richard Conti.
A few weeks ago, I joined the overwhelming majority of Councilmembers in voting against a $1.5 million bond to pay for initial costs for the proposed Albany Skyway. While, I am not opposed to this project, I don’t believe that the city should focus a substantial portion of its financial resources on this project, when there are more pressing infrastructure needs such as street and sidewalk repairs, making investments in our playgrounds, and improving our water and sewage system. These other projects are more of a priority to our city. I hope that city officials can work with the Council to come up with a better alternative to securing funds for this project.
The city’s 2019 budget includes $12.5 million in Capital City Funding, and so far New York State has not committed to providing this funding. If our city is to continue moving forward, without making painful cuts to vital services, it is important that this funding is secured. As the New York State Legislative session is already underway, I will work with city leaders to assist with the efforts to secure this vital funding from the state.
If you missed Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s State of the City Address, it is available at – https://www.albanyny.gov/Libraries/Mayor_Sheehan/2019_State_of_the_City.sflb.ashxink to the Powe r Point presentation outlining the Mayor’s speech::
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Local Community Events in or around the 10th Ward:
- Pine Hills Neighborhood Association Meeting on Thursday, February 21st at 7pm at the La Salle School, Hanner Cultural Center, 391 Western Ave. Guest speaker is Jordan Carleo-Evangelist. UAlbany Community Outreach Coordinator. Presentation will include the current status of the Schuyler Building project.
- Just a reminder that the Public Meeting for Neighbors with the Developers of the proposed building at 237 Western Ave will take place THIS FRIDAY, February 15th at 7pm in the Hanner Center at the LaSalle School (391 Western Ave). Come and learn more about the plans and ask questions.
- Albany Common Council Black History Month recognition on Wednesday, February 20- 5 pm at Albany City Hall. Each year, the Common Council celebrates Black History Month by honoring neighbors from each ward in the city. Join me in congratulating this year’s 10th Ward honoree and Pine Hills Neighborhood association member Maxine Smalling
- Free Laundry Service at Dirty Harry’s. St. Andrew’s church is expanding its free laundry nights at Dirty Harry’s Laundromat on Madison to two nights per month, the second and fourth Wednesdays. The next laundry event will be this coming Wednesday night, February 13. All are welcome to come and wash their laundry courtesy of St. Andrew’s and Dirty Harry’s.
To address your concerns, discuss any issues, or if you need assistance, feel free to contact me at Anane4Albany@gmail.com or (518) 763-7083.